How to get the right boardroom dynamic

12:50PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | James Beck and Geoffrey Kiel

Are you looking to set up your first board of directors? There are eight key factors you need to look out for. BY JAMES BECK and GEOFFREY KIEL.

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Insolvencies rise in October, but Christmas could bring a reprieve

12:17PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Insolvency experts predict many businesses might hang on through Christmas but could struggle in the new year.

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A festive lesson in pricing structures

12:06PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Don't let the tough exterior fool you – Old Taskmaster has a softer side. However, even Christmas generosity has limits.

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Opportunities abound in Australia’s ageing population: Report

12:32PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s ageing population provides opportunities to develop a range of social, workforce, and industry research and technological innovations, according to a new government report.

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Melbourne mumpreneur launches car auction website

12:05PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne mother of four has launched a website called, where car dealers compete for sales by offering prospective buyers their lowest possible price.

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Little chance of Christmas cheer as business confidence hits record-low

12:01PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business confidence has fallen to its lowest level since April 2009 according to NAB’s Monthly Business Survey.

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EyeSee keeps an eye on your customers

12:37PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Have you ever wondered what your customers say as they look at the mannequins in your front window? Now, thanks to a new type of shopfront dummy, you might soon find out.

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Startmate unveils its start-up class of 2013

12:00AM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Niche dating website 7pm anywhere is among the eight start-ups accepted into the 2013 Startmate program, which will include two demo days and a two-month stint in Silicon Valley.

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Shop2 the first Aussie start-up selected for US incubator AngelPad

12:54PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Personal shopping magazine Shop2 has spoken of its experience as the first Australian start-up to participate in US incubator AngelPad.

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New Adelaide program Venture Dorm set to bed in new start-ups

12:50PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The commercialisation arm of Flinders University is setting up a new course called Venture Dorm, which will include a trip to Austin, Texas for participants with the best business models.

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Coffin therapy a dead-set brilliant business

12:11PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Coffins have long been associated with people resting in peace. Now, thanks to a Ukrainian entrepreneur, you too can enjoy a peaceful 15-minute “therapy session” inside a coffin.

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Hackagong winners set to Kickstart Kristmas

12:05PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new website called, conceived and created over a two-day hackathon, allows users to create online gift pages to share with loved ones.

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Kids these days! Gen Y is more entrepreneurial than you think

12:04PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Are kids too lazy these days? Old Taskmaster recently learnt a valuable business lesson from a group of Gen Ys.

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Five ways the business Grinch could strike this year

12:54PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Oliver Milman

The festive season is nearly here. However, from the taxman to the annual Christmas party, there are five potential traps that you need to look out for. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Rezdy raises another $300,000 as it limbers up for million dollar round

12:00AM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online reservation system Rezdy has snagged $300,000 from existing investors, adding to the $250,000 it raised earlier, but is already planning to raise up to $1.5 million in 12 months’ time.

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Forbes names most powerful people – who can you learn from?

12:24PM | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US President Barack Obama might be the world’s most powerful person, according to Forbes, but there’s a handful of entrepreneurs on this year’s list for start-ups to draw inspiration from.

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Samsung smartphone comes with a twist

12:19PM | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Samsung is working on introducing smartphones with flexible glass screens. It’s a development likely to create a range of new business opportunities.

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Eight start-ups selected for Incubate program at University of Sydney

12:15PM | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The University of Sydney Union’s Incubate program has selected the eight successful start-up teams who will use $5,000 grants to develop their ideas over the university’s summer break.

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Why December 9 is being tipped as the biggest online shopping day – ever

12:12PM | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sunday December 9 will be the busiest online shopping day ever, according to new figures from eBay, with an industry expert insisting it’s not too late for start-ups to get it on the action.

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Entrepreneur Shane Yeend’s Imagination Entertainment buys 50% of export start-up Aussie Inc

12:00AM | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Up-and-coming export start-up Aussie Inc has received a major leg-up from global entertainment company Imagination, which has purchased a 50% stake in the business.

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